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It’s time again for Utah StoryCorps!

 

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth and Utah Public Radio visited the Uintah Basin to gather local stories. Each week, we'll bring you a new episode of StoryCorps. Tune in during All Things Considered every Wednesday and Morning Edition every Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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Daughter Of A Legend: The Legacy Of Roy Rogers

Apr 10, 2014
StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

Daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Cheryl Rogers Barnett talks with her husband Larry about her famous parent's legacy of not only fame but fighting against social norms and loving their family's differences.

Prank Phone Call Leads To Lifelong Romance

Apr 3, 2014
StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

74 year old Peter Boehme and his wife Toni tell the story of the prank phone call that brought them together.

Peter: We met at the naval air base and I was working as a quasi-police officer.  I had a job of overseeing some of things, taking complaints and whatever.   

Toni:  Now in Alameda no, at that time, no good girls talked or had relationships with the navy men.  They were off limits.

Peter:  And her girlfriend's father was an officer in the navy and he was stationed on the base there. 

Toni: My friend Janice and I were babysitting and we didn't have anything else to do.  We decided to call and then they said "extension?" and we said "3-3-3."

Peter: And my phone number happened to be 3-3-3.  So, I answered the phone and talked to them and they were playful... they were having fun and so I said well  "jeez" come on out and we'll introduce you to my friend Frank and I'll show you around the base and they said "great!" Well, they had no intentions of meeting us.

Utah Shakespeare Festival: A Remarkable Journey

Mar 27, 2014
StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

This year, the Utah Shakespeare Festival will begin it's 53rd season. At StoryCorps, 82-year old Fred Adams told the Festival's executive director Scott Phillips about founding the Festival shortly after he moved to the small community of Cedar City.

Scott Phillips:    Let's tell them a little bit about how this silly festival got started and what prompted us to do a Shakespeare Festival.

Fred Adams:    That's really probably one of the best stories of all. I had just come out from New York to this small community, Cedar City, Utah, back in 1959 when I arrived was a bustling community of 18,000 with a small Junior College with a couple of hundred of students is all. I was brought in, actually, to start a theater department on this Junior College. I met my wife there and as my finance, my wife and I decided that we really would like to live in Cedar City, not just spend winters teaching there. Actually, build a home there and raise our children there.

Nonprofit Organization Celebrates Decades of All-Access Adventuring

Mar 13, 2014
Martha Ham, Leslee Dean

At StoryCorps, Martha Ham spoke with her friend Janine Donald about the creation of SPLORE, a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor adventures to people of all abilities.  Janine is the current director of SPLORE, and Martha founded SPLORE as a young woman.  When the first river trip took place in 1977, the American Disabilities Act had not yet been passed and the public was not used to interacting with people with disabilities.  Martha and Janine discussed the impact SPLORE has had on not only their lives, but the lives of the program's participants.

Southern Utah University: Battles and Triumphs

Mar 6, 2014
StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

Former Utah State senator Dixie Leavitt and his wife Anne reminisce about their battles and triumphs in making Cedar City's Branch Agriculture School into today's Southern Utah University.  SUU's origins began in 1897 with the formation of the Branch Formal School which later became a branch of Utah State Agricultural College (USU) in 1913.  After several transitions the institution was granted university status in 1991 and was named Southern Utah University. 

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60-year-old Royden Card, artist and poet, explores with his wife Sandee whether he chose art or art chose him.  Royden's art has been acquired by many museums including the Smithsonian Institute Library in Washington D.C. His portrayal of Zion National Park can be viewed on the 2011 UPR coffee mug.

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Hal Cannon, former state folklorist and founder of The Western Folklife Center, visited the StoryCorps booth with his wife Teresa Jordan.  He recalls his experience working with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers to preserve the material culture of Utah's pioneer past.  Cannon talks about an unexpected visit from Kate Carter, former director of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. 

Lifelong Love For The Game Of Handball

Feb 13, 2014
StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

70 year old Utah State University retiree Ned Weinshenker, a member of the USU Handball Club, came to the StoryCorps booth to share his lifelong love for the game of handball, which began when he was growing up in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Ned has recently taken up indoor 4-wall handball at USU with a group of retirees.  He continues to enjoy the social and physical benefits of the game. 

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Retired Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth talks with Amnesty Kochanowski, National Park Service Safety Manager, about the role that our National Parks parks have played in his life and the life of his family.  After 36 years of federal service Jock Whitworth retired January 3, 2014.  He plans to pursue his interests in hiking, photography and volunteering for nonprofit organizations.

Ranch Life In Southern Utah

Jan 31, 2014
StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

Historically it is not uncommon for a Southern Utah ranching family to work several parcels of land at different elevations in order to avoid overgrazing the land.  67 year old Susan Savage, a native of Leeds, Utah talks to her friend Martha about working alone during the 90's, at her family's secluded high elevation ranch at the base of the Pine Valley Mountains.  These two ranches operate today working in tandem under the stewardship of Susan's nephew and his family.

Marlyne and Priscilla Hammon
STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Marlyne Hammon and her sister Priscilla, polygamist wives from Centennial Park, Arizona, talk about the Short Creek raid of 1953 which, at the time, was described as the largest mass-arrest of men and women in modern American history.


Lisa and Paul remember how they met after both had moved to St. George to work on environmental issues.  They stayed up all night talking and found they had a lot in common including preserving the environment for future generations.  They have children and grandchildren and are concerned about their future.

Paul: I went to the University of Utah after I graduated from East High School, and enjoyed the time there. I joined an army reserve unit, which seems to be an experience that changed the direction of my life, because it was a legal unit, and I saw that lawyering was very interesting. I became a trained court reporter, and was eventually accepted into law school in about 1962. I worked in the county attorney's office as a prosecutor for seven years, and then ran for the office of Salt Lake County District attorney and was elected in Salt Lake County in 1974.

The Road To Parenthood: Adoption And Miracles

Jan 9, 2014
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TERI GUY / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Teri and Rich Guy talk at StoryCorps in St. George, about adopting their daughter, Tessa.

"We got married, and after we were together for a couple years it was like, 'OK. Gosh, wouldn't it be fun to share some of these experiences with a little one?'" Rich said. "But we had a problem actually, because Teri couldn't get pregnant. It wasn't just you, because I had a low sperm count. I think... what did the doctors tell you?"

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Rene Stoddard Fleming, 53, interviewed her father George Stoddard, 77, in the StoryCorps booth June 1, 2013. She and her father talk about the turbulence of 1991, and how that year changed George's life forever.

January 17, 1991, George arrived home from a trip to Atlanta, and received some devastating news.

"I had been an airline pilot for at Houston Airlines for 28 years and we got home and there was a voice message on my telephone which simply stated, 'Captain Stoddard, you do not have to show up to your trip tomorrow. We’re shutting the airline down tonight at midnight,'" he said.

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STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Former Zion National Park Ranger Greer Chesher talks with Barb Graves. Chesher recalls her experience surviving a flash flood in the Zion Narrows.

We hiked from Russell Gulch down into the [Narrows]. There were about six of us park rangers, all women except one.

But we hiked in there- we had a lot of rapelling to do. The weather report was fine. We were on a rappel, I was the first one over, and it was maybe 20 feet or something like that.

And so I took off my pack and set it on the canyon floor. The canyon is only about 10 feet wide, you could touch wall to wall, but about 1,500 feet deep. Just these straight canyon walls, like you're in a room. A hallway, a really deep hallway.

So I was on this rappel, I get down, take off my pack and I look up the rope at the next person who's coming down and my eyes just kept coursing up along the canyon walls until I saw the sky, which was black as night.

I just went, 'RUN!' and I ran. I turned around and ran. I put my pack back on, and ran down the canyon, because I knew we had to find a place out of there, a way out.

Love At First Wave

Dec 5, 2013
The wave, love story
STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

LoAnne and Dale Barnes told their love story in the StoryCorps booth in May. The two met by chance in St. George after retiring.

LoAnne: So when I got ready to retire, I thought, well- I should look into Southern Utah. I was a high school librarian in Seattle, Washington and I used to come back to Southern Utah every spring vacation.

I retired in 1997. I'm LoAnne Barnes, I'm 76.

Dale: When I was a Boy Scout, we came down to St. George on an outing. It was cold in Wyoming, it was juts after Memorial day, and we got down to St. George and it was just perfect weather. It hadn't gotten real hot and I thought, 'Wow, this is paradise. I'd really like to live here.'

I'm Dale Barnes, I'll be 80 in December.

So after I retired from Questar, I came down and looked all around the area, and found a lot out in Leeds.

Growing Up In The Great Depression

Dec 2, 2013
Wilma Angius, world war 2,
STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Robust and healthy in appearance, 94-year-old Rockville, Utah resident Wilma Angius talked with her daughter Kate Starling, about growing up in rural Missouri during the depression. Wilma revealed an unexpected personal experience she had during World War 2.

Wilma grew up on a farm just across the Missouri river from Glasgow, Missouri. She said the town had about 2,000 people, and is where her family would go for supplies.


Jack and Sally Keller, Jack Keller
SALLY KELLER / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Stored in the Fife Folklore Archives on the Utah State University campus are seven boxes containing information and oral history recordings from 39 members of Cache Community Connections.  Among those recordings are comments from long time Utah Public Radio friend and member Jack Keller who spoke about his years volunteering with the Northern Utah religious and civic community organization.

Best Friends Animal Society, no kill shelter, animal shelter, Kanab Utah
STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Francis Battista (68) talks with his friend and colleague Cyrus Mejía (66) about founding the animal sanctuary Best Friends Animal Society.  He talks about the beginnings of the shelter, the ethics it was founded upon, and events that have put Best Friends in the national spotlight as a model for animal rescue work.

MEJIA: At some point, we started getting a whole lot more animals, because we took on animal control.

BATTISTA: The way it happened was this: We arrived and amongst the group of us, we had about 200 animals with us. One of our dogs wandered off, this was shortly after we got there. One of our colleagues went looking for his dog which had been lost, and he went to the local pound, which was basically a tin-roof shed, in a field, in the back of the airport.

Activists for Polygamy: We are not Victims

Nov 8, 2013
Marlyne and Priscilla Hammon
STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Priscilla and Marlyne Hammon are sisters, who married the brothers who talked last week on StoryCorps. They two now discuss how laws against polygamists have affected their lives and how they became activists for plural marriage.

PRISCILLA: Marlyne and I consider ourselves full sisters, but there's something interesting about us because while we share the same father, we both have different mothers, so we grew up having five mothers in our home, which was a very positive experience for us, unlike so much negativity that you hear about polygamy. Our experience was totally different.

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Alma Hammond interviewed his brother Arthur about growing up in a polygamous family in the mid 1900s. Arthur was born in 1948 at his uncle's house while his mother was in hiding.

"My mother was in hiding because she was a plural wife, and plural marriage is against the law. That was part of our childhood. Our parents lived under the threat of arrest, which made it imperative to protect our parents. If you went to school, you couldn't say who your father was," Arthur said. "I went to school at a place where others of my siblings went, but because they were siblings from a different mother, you couldn't acknowledge them as such."

In the spring of 1953, the Hammonds moved to Highland Drive, where Arthur said the neighbors were closer and keeping the polygamy a secret was imperative, and more difficult.

A Baseball Love Affair

Oct 25, 2013
Storycorps baseball
STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Most people who come into the StoryCorps recording booth bring a partner  with whom to have a conversation.  46-year-old Greg Peck's interview partner had a family emergency just prior to their appointment and had to cancel. Greg reluctantly agreed to come into the Booth anyway and StoryCorps Facilitator, Olivia Cueva interviewed Greg in St. George in May 2013 about his lifelong love affair with baseball.

"The year that I turned eight years old was the year that Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record. As an eight year old, my older brother, he took me to see the Padres play the Atlanta Braves and Hank Aaron hit two home runs in that game. It was just maybe a month or two after he had broken that record. That was my first experience of seeing a real ballgame being played in a big stadium and to see Hank Aaron hit two home runs for the first time, that's something that's stayed with me for all these years. With that kind of a beginning of baseball, how could anyone not love the game?"

StoryCorps, Dixie Regional Medical Center
STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Chelsea Bundy was a 3-year-old girl from St. George when she met Thomas Taylor. Taylor worked at Dixie Regional medical Center. He came to the StoryCorps booth in St. George to tell her story.

Chelsea was at a family outing when she was hit by one of her cousins driving an ATV- crushed between a fire hydrant and the ATV. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was in critical condition.

"She arrived at the hospital, she was unconscious, very pale. Her tummy was starting to swell because there was some internal bleeding," Taylor said. "The ER doctor said she probably was not going to survive."

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STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Terri Kane, CEO of Dixie Regional Medical Center interviewed Ron Metcalf, chairman of the Center's board,  about the history of the Dixie Regional Medical Center- and the years before it was known as such. Metcalf's family moved to St. George in the '60s, and his family has been involved with the hospital since.

St. George was a dry and desolate area, in the eyes of young Metcalf. His father owned a mortuary in town, and since the town didn't have an ambulance, his father was asked to provide one.

"They asked the mortuaries to provide the ambulance service simply because the mortuaries had the vehicles, they had the equipment and had stretchers they would use  in their profession. This lent itself to being able to help people when the need arose in an emergency," Metcalf said.


Mental Illness Recovery

Sep 27, 2013

Jeremy Larsen interviewed his friend and  fellow band member Robert Keller about living with a mental illness in the StoryCorps booth in St. George. They talk about how Larsen learned how to manage his  illness thanks to the help of his friends like Jeremy, and Southwest Behavioral Health Center.

They also talk about their band, which is a day program based at a mental health facility. and the challenges they face as a group that could make them excel.

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